It is the 11th hour of the year 2016. And when we speak of the 11th hour, what we actually mean is that we are in the later part of the year where we are very close to switching calendars and are very eager to collect coffee stamps to get our 2017 planners.

However, before taking the big leap towards 2017, have you ever thought and pondered about how far you’ve gone in reaching your goals and achieving your resolutions for 2016?

Every new year, we make it a point that we learn something new. And you know what I’ve noticed as one of the most common new year’s resolutions of guys like you and me? Learning to drive.

Now if you feel you are lagging behind on your 2016 resolution to learn to take the wheels, then don’t worry because it’s not yet late. You have roughly a month to learn driving, perhaps through the Christmas break. And so with this thought, I’d like to help you by giving a rough guide on the current prices and offerings of three of the most popular driving schools in the country starting with…


Smart Driving School

Established in the year 2000 in España, Manila, Smart Driving School has grown from one branch to now over 50 branches.


Their driving rates are divided into several schemes which are detailed as follows.

Manual Transmission

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours
 Regular course (1 hr per day) Php 2,200  Php 3,100 Php 4,400 Php 6,600 Php 8,800
 Special course (2 hours per day)  Php 2,800 Php 3,900 Php 5,500 Php 8,250 Php 11,000


For manual transmission driving lessons, Smart Driving School offers sedans and Toyota Wigo or whichever is available.


Automatic Transmission

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours
Mitsubishi Lancer / Toyota Altis / Toyota Vios / Honda City Php 5,000  Php 7,000 Php 10,000 Php 15,000 Php 20,000
Toyota Innova  Php 5,800 Php 8,100 Php 11,500 Php 17,000  

Php 22,500


Toyota Fortuner / Mitsubishi Montero  Php 6,800  Php 9,500  Php 13,500  Php 20,000  Php 26,500


Training Center (5hrs): P2,500

• Free License Processing Assistance
• Free 7 hours seminar
• Can request for a copy of the Powerpoint Slides of the lectures

Lecture Contents:
• Pre-Driving Seminar (Introduction)
• Proper Handling (ex. Steering Wheel, etc.)
• Defensive Driving
• Traffic Rules and Regulation
• Preventive Maintenance

Other Information:
• Instructors – whoever is available; students can request for a specific instructor for P100/hr
• Payment – cash or credit card
• Driving Safety Handbook can be purchased for P300


A-1 Driving

Being a product of A1 Driving School myself, I’d say that they are one of the premier schools in the country which has a wide array of cars, full-scale driving facilities and very comprehensive lectures.



Their pricing matrix is more granular as they have a variety of cars, services and facilities to choose from as outlined below.

Manual Transmission

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours 30 hours
Sedan (Vios, Altis, Mazda 3) Php 3,400  Php 4,700 Php 6,600 Php 9,800 Php 12,800  Php 18,700
AUV/MPV/Pick-Up (Mitsubishi Adventure, Innova, Hilux)  Php 5,800 Php 7,800 Php 11,000 Php 16,400 Php 21,700  Php 31,000


Automatic Transmission

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours 30 hours
Sedan (Vios, Altis, Mazda 3) Php 6,100  Php 8,500 Php 12,000 Php 17,700 Php 23,300  Php 33,800
AUV/MPV/Pick-Up (Mitsubishi Adventure, Innova, Hilux)  Php 7,200 Php 9,900 Php 13,700 Php 20,400 Php 26,500  Php 38,800
Compact SUV (Honda CRV)  Php 8,000 Php 10,800 Php 15,200 Php 22,500 Php 29,200 Php 42,800
Midside SUV (Toyota Fortuner) Php 8,200 Php 11,200 Php 15,600 Php 23,200 Php 30,200 Php 44,300


Training Center (5hrs):

Sedan AUV/MPV/Pick-up Compact SUV Midsize SUV
Manual Php 2,500  Php 4,400
Automatic  Php 3,500 Php 5,400 Php 6,000 Php 6,200

• Free Lectures
• Long-Distance Driving

Licensing Assistance:
Student Permit – P700
Non-Professional – P1,800

Lecture Contents:
• Classroom Orientation
• Proper Handling
• Road Safety Lecture

Other Information:
• Instructors – whoever is available
• Payment – cash, check or credit card


Socialites Excellent Driving School

Socialites has been in existence since 1969 and out of the three driving schools featured in this blog post, they are the ones that has rates which are easy on the pocket as you will see below.


Manual Transmission (1 hr per day)

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours
Hyundai Accent Php 2,500  Php 3,500 Php 5,000 Php 7,500


Automatic Transmission (1 hour per day)

5 hours 7 hours 10 hours 15 hours
Toyota Vios Php 3,500  Php 4,900 Php 7,000 Php 10,500

• Free Lectures (even after your hours)

Lecture Contents:
• Driving Principles, Hanging, Backing, Maneuvering
• LTO Code, Parking, Traffic Rules and Regulations
• Ignition and Breaking System
• LTO for Non-Prof, Porto Clinic, Driving in a Flooded Street
• LTO Exam for Prof, Tips in Buying a Car
• Car Servicing
• Defensive Driving

Other Information:
• Instructors – one trainer all throughout
• Payment – cash or check
• Additional P50 per hour should you want to extend your session

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There you have it. Those are the 2016 rates of three of the most popular driving schools in the country. Note that price may change without prior notice so this serves only as a rough guide for guys out there who would like to learn how to drive before the year ends.

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